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Community Engagement

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement recognizes that the process of dismantling anti-Black racism and improving outcomes for Black students requires the ongoing collaboration and support of families, communities and partner organizations. The Centre of Excellence aims to be responsive to the voices of Black communities who continue to advocate for systemic change within educational institutions through strategic community engagement initiatives and educational partnerships.

Community Consultations

Community consultations and focus groups are conducted throughout the year to provide families an opportunity to engage with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement and staff of the TDSB. Families are able to share their experiences engaging with their school community and discuss how the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement can support their needs.

October 26, 2021

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement in partnership with A Different Booklist Cultural Centre invites self-identifying Black-African, Afro-Caribbean, and Black community members to a virtual event on October 26, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Conversations will focus on how to promote meaningful and collaborative school-community engagement and how to implement the mandates of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. Registration is full. Please register for a future date below.

November 9, 2021

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement invites LGBTQIA2S+ families with members who self-identify as African, Afro-Caribbean, and Black (ACB) to a virtual event on November 9, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This session is also for non-Black parents/caregivers who are raising children who self-identify as part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and African, Afro-Caribbean or Black. There will be a series of discussion questions that encourage you to share your experiences with the school community, and to think about how the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement can support the strengthening of your leadership, and support your involvement Registration is now open.

November 16 and 17, 2021

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement in partnership with the Jamaican Canadian Association invites self-identifying Black-African, Afro-Caribbean, and Black community members to a virtual event on November 16 and 17, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Conversations will focus on how to promote meaningful and collaborative school-community engagement and how to implement the mandates of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. Registration is now open.

November 23, 2021

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement in partnership with Tropicana Community Services invites self-identifying Black-African, Afro-Caribbean, and Black community members to a virtual event on November 23, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Conversations will focus on how to promote meaningful and collaborative school-community engagement and how to implement the mandates of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. Registration is now open.

Events

A variety of events supporting community involvement are held throughout the year. View our launch event for the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement.

Black Student Achievement Advisory Committee (BSAAC)

Established in 2016, BSAAC’s mandate is to examine and make recommendations on strategies to create more equitable outcomes, raise achievement levels and create safe spaces for Black students.

The BSAAC supports the Board’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with its parents/guardians, communities and students to improve educational outcomes for Black students.

Dr. Carl James Parent Engagement Sessions

Dr. Carl James, York University’s Jean Augustine Chair, has been engaging in parent engagement workshops across the BSSE schools. Dr. James’ sessions have reached families and caregivers across all four Learning Centres within the TDSB.

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